Injured Clarke confident of playing first Test

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Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 12:22 [IST]
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Clarke confident of playing first Test

Sydney, Feb 12: Australia captain Michael Clarke is confident of recovering from hamstring problem in time to play the first Test against India in Chennai from February 22.

Clarke, who left Australia for India on Tuesday, said he was feeling much better after missing the fifth and final One Day International against West Indies on Sunday (February 10) due to hamstring strain.

"I m feeling much better. I've had four days now of recovery, rehab and a lot of physio. I'm certainly on the mend and I've got some time when I arrive in India to get myself 100 per cent fit as well," Clarke told reporters on Tuesday at the Sydney airport before boarding a flight to India.

"Look, there is so much time I don't think there is any doubt I'll be fit for the first Test. I'll need to communicate with Alex to see what is the best preparation leading up to that Test," he added.

Clarke, who has never missed a Test through injury in his 89-match career, said he is trying to get fit for the three-day warm-up game against India A which starts on February 16.

"Like all the boys, the more preparation we can get in Indian conditions the better. I'd really like to play that three-dayer but again, I'll be advised by Alex (Kountouris) the physio once I land in India but at this stage my plan is to play that three-dayer," the right-hand batsman said.

"In my mind cricket-wise I feel like I need that game to spend some time in Indian conditions both batting and bowling, but also with my captaincy as well because India is such a different place to Australia. But I'll listen to the expert and see what he has to say," the skipper added.

India and Australia will play four Tests. Australia were playing a two-day practice game on Tuesday against Board President's XI in Chennai.


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